Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review: Waterfell by Amalie Howard

You met Amalie Howard earlier this week. Now it’s time for a look at the first book in her Aquarathi series. WATERFELL can be found  at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at your other favorite booksellers.

WATERFELL is not for people who want a happy-go-lucky, flawless heroine. Don’t get me wrong – sometimes a light YA romance is just what you need, but I wouldn’t call Waterfell “light”. Nerissa, the protagonist, has issues. From a reader and writer standpoint, I think that’s fantastic. Those perfect characters can grate on you, and Nerissa is a refreshing change. She has a temper and retains bitterness with the best of them, but she still loves her friends and has a strong sense of honor.

I wish I could talk more about the premise of the book, which is just so dang cool, but that would mean spoilers! Suffice it to say that Howard’s ideas are unique – don’t expect this book to go exactly the way you see it going. There are a few things that are givens, such as the “I hate you no wait I love you” romance, and the loyal best friend. The sci-fi/fantasy elements in the story kick butt.

One of the really brilliant things about this book is the relationship Nerissa has with her guardians. I know, I know – it’s kind of a random thing to like. But Nerissa is essentially a queen, but she’s only a teenager, so in the human world she has to have guardians. It’s so interesting to see the back and forth between a queen and the two adults who are tasked to keep her safe.

This book deals a lot with knowing who you can trust, and the friendships depicted are very well done. It’s the perfect read for a long, rainy weekend, or just to decompress after a long day at work. Check it out!

Amalie Howard’s WATERFELL is Book One of The Aquarathi:

Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father's betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa's upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa's mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

This review was written by Michelle, who is so excited for Comic Con she almost forgot to go to her day job today. Whoops. 

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